Bengal Cat Care Sheet - The best way to introduce your kitten or cat into your new home is detailed below.
Please try and follow these guidelines. Adding a new Bengal kitten or cat to your home can be a very rewarding or very frustrating experience for you and your new cat.
Before you bring your new kitten home be certain you have completed all the relevant preparation work. Purchase the same type of food that the kitten is used to eating so that you will not upset his / her stomach by suddenly changing food / diet. If you do not have the right food at home then ask the breeder for a small bag of food to last you until you are able to purchase the same brand.
Have a clean litter box ready and have good clean bowls and fresh water available.
To start with have a small quiet room set aside for the kitten to stay in until he / she becomes comfortable with the new surroundings and is eating well.
Why a small room? Well, imagine that you have always lived in the same place and never left there. You are familiar with your litter mates, your mother and the people caring for you. Now imagine strange people come and take you from everything you have ever known and drop you into the middle of a large house. Wouldn’t you be afraid?
Would you automatically know where to find your litter tray, water and food? Of course not!! You might run and hide under the furniture or in a dangerous location like behind the refrigerator. Then the new people yell at you to get out from under the couch and reach for you and drag you out. You might get scared and scratch them.
Now imagine being placed in a small quiet room with the food you are used to, fresh water and a litter box all easy to find. You are given time to quietly explore your new space. Soon you see that the new people mean you no harm, because every time they come in and see you they sit quietly and talk to you sweetly and pet you. In a day, or maybe less you are ready to leave the door open so that you can start to explore the rest of the house at your own pace.
Please setup a small room, an extra bathroom works best for a new kitten / cat. Remove anything that might be harmful to the kitten. (Bars of soap, glass jars, razors etc) and be sure to close the toilet lid.
If your kitten cries when left alone and comes running to you when you enter the room, this is a sign that the kitten is ready to explore the rest of the house.
If you have other cats and dogs please ensure you plan for a slow introduction. Please keep your kitten away from all other pets for at least a week. This gives the kitten the chance to become confident with you and the surroundings. It will also give time for your other pets to get used to the smell of the kitten. The other pets will sniff around the door of the room housing the kitten and you will have the kittens scent on your clothes from handling him / her.
Do not force the animals together and be sure you monitor all the initial interactions. Do not leave your kitten alone with other pets until you are 100% sure that they get along.
If you follow the below guidelines you will find the initial stages of bringing the kitten into your house easier and safer
•Be calm and quiet when bringing the kitten into your home.
•Place the carrier on the floor and let the kitten come out on their own accord.
•Keep your kitten in a small room when he or she first arrives.
•Sit or lie on the floor at your kitten's level to play and socialise
•Place your kitten in the litter box several times a day.
•Introduce your kittens slowly to your other pets.
•Ensure the kitten knows where his or her food and water is kept and check the kitten is eating and drinking enough.
•Ensure you are aware of potentially dangerous scenarios. For example cover open fires. Cats do like to climb.
I feed my cats Natures Best, (this is far superior to the promoted Whiskas which is only 10% meat !!) and Applaws kitten dried food, along with just water to drink.
The kittens have two meals of Natures best a day (half pouch in the morning and half pouch in the afternoon / evening), along with a bowl of the Applaws kitten food and water down all of the time. I also feed the cats treats such as the Natures Best dried chicken snacks. Natures Best can be bought via the internet.
Kittens / cats cannot tolerate lactose so please do not feed your kitten goat’s milk. Please do not allow your kitten to eat the dog food or table scraps. These foods will upset their digestive system and cause diarrhoea. If you do wish to change the kittens diet then please do this gradually to avoid upsetting their stomachs.
Your kitten has been wormed at 5, 8 and 12 weeks of age using Advocat. It is recommended that you worm your kitten at least every 3 months as a preventative measure.
Your kitten has been fully vaccinated (except Leukaemia) Annual booster jabs are recommended.
Kittens come with 4 weeks free Pet Plan insurance. It is highly recommended that you try to continue with the insurance without a break, to cover any unforeseen medical problems for your own peace of mind. Veterinary bills can be very expensive.
If you would like us to complete this on your behalf and register the kitten with your full details then the cost to do this is £45.00.
Your kitten has been litter trained and is used to the brand Clean-n-Tidy Adult Everyday Cat Litter. Please try and use this if possible. This can be purchased in pet shops or supermarkets. When you first bring your kitten home we suggest you restrict him / her to one room with a litter box and his / her food until they become accustomed to the new environment. When allowing the kitten the freedom on the house it is suggested you place a number of litter trays around the house. This will help to avoid accidents. Kittens have a keen sense of smell. Once they have soiled an area they tend to return to the same spot. Please do not move the litter trays around as this will only confuse your new kitten.
Toys and Playing
Your kitten will need lots or toys to keep it occupied. Try not to buy toys with small bits that come loose and can be swallowed. Avoid playing with cotton thread and wool if the kitten in unsupervised as these can easily be swallowed and cause serious problems.
General Hints and Tips
Kittens love compost / peat and soil around houseplants; to avoid the use of these as litter boxes a good deterrent is to cover the exposed soil with large decorative pebbles. Please note than some plants are poisonous to cats if eaten! Please also be aware of household detergents. These can be fatal to kittens / cats.
Your kitten will love to explore so ensure your household is kitten friendly. Plug up all the small holes that they can get into and under (behind the fridge freezer, up the chimney, under kitchen cabinets. Kittens – especially Bengals are very playful and energetic. Please remove any ornaments, plants etc that you may be worried about.
Also be aware of kittens lurking on the stairs or underfoot. Always shut the bathroom door and make sure the toilet lid in down. Bengal kittens love water and might be tempted to take a swim.
Scratch posts and climbing frames are wonderful for cats and kittens to play on. They may save your furniture and your wallpaper. Keeping nails clipped short will help prevent scratches to yourself and your possessions.
I hope the care sheet will be of help to you and that you and your kitten will have a long and happy life together.
Please contact Chantel on 07903055245 if you need any further help or advice, we are always delighted to hear from our new kittens families with updates of pictures to see their progress in life.